Pompeii

Pompeii1Last June, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Naples in Italy. After spending a few hours in Sorrento, we headed to the very infamous city of Pompeii. Having heard so many stories about Pompeii, I was so excited and happy to finally see the ruins with my very own eyes and let me tell you that I was more than amazed.

Pompeii is an ancient Roman city situated near the base of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. In 79 AD, the entire city was covered by 12 different layers of tephra (about 25m high) after the eruption of the volcano. What are left now are amazingly beautiful ruins as you can see in these pictures. While some of them are reconstructed, you can still see the original buildings and even some arts and paintings on the walls of some houses.

Pompeii2Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFor those who wonder if the tales are true, yes, Pompeii is a very libertine and erotic city. There are quite a lot of brothels, sexual representations and sexual references. There are a lot of erotic paintings and phallus symbols throughout the city. Now, these symbols were not used as threatening or solely erotic purposes. Phallus was a representation of fertility, and so it was quite common to see them everywhere.

What shocked me the most was to see the bodies of those who couldn’t leave the city in time. It was quite disturbing to see them laying on the floor crawling or sitting down protecting their mouth, and you could even see a dog laying on his back. If you ever wanted or were curious to visit Pompeii, I highly suggest you to do so and to also have a guide! It is extremely insightful to have someone who knows the history and the city by heart.

Pompeii4Image credits: 1. Community.mis.temple.edu / 2. NYTimes / 3. My Own / 4. Kiss from Italy

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  1. January 13, 2015 / 2:28 am

    Wow, that’s incredible that you had the opportunity to visit Pompeii. I studied it in school and imagine there’s so much history there.
    Your pictures are great and I love how you’ve captured the architecture.

    Love, M.

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:43 am

      This city is so rich of history and culture, I really suggest you to put Pompeii on your travel bucket list! 🙂

  2. January 13, 2015 / 3:03 am

    Loved Pompeii too! Can just picture what life was like then…and the horror of its destruction. Have you been to Herculaneum or the archaeological museum?

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:44 am

      No I haven’t 🙁 We were very short on time so we just had time to visit Pompeii. If I ever go back, I definitively will!

  3. January 13, 2015 / 3:14 am

    I will be there in April! I know it will be confronting but it will be so fascinating at the same time.. You took some great photos 🙂 x

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:44 am

      I am sure you will absolutely love it! <3

  4. January 13, 2015 / 3:37 am

    Wow, looks like I have to go there one day! So beautiful!

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:45 am

      Yes, it is really amazing! Even more breathtaking in real life 🙂

  5. January 13, 2015 / 3:59 am

    I went years ago and recently rediscovered the photos we took there. It was an amazing place to visit. Your post brought it all back for me.

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:46 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! It is such an amazing city, I would love to go back <3

  6. January 13, 2015 / 4:34 am

    Wow it looks amazing here. I was going to visit Pompeii last year too but never did get round to it! Lovely pictures 🙂 x

    • January 13, 2015 / 5:46 am

      Thank you! If ever you go back to Italy, it is definitively a place to stop by! 🙂

  7. January 13, 2015 / 5:42 am

    It is such a gorgeous place, I highly recommend you to visit it! <3

    • January 14, 2015 / 6:11 am

      Will surely make a plan to visit….thanks fr sharing the lovely images

  8. January 13, 2015 / 5:42 am

    It really is a beautiful city!

  9. January 13, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Great post!
    I was lucky enough to visit Sorrento and the surrounding areas last May, and took a visit to Pompeii to see the ruins and also a walk up Mount Vesuvius.
    It was incredible to be somewhere I felt I knew all too well from all the History lessons at school!
    Kate x

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:09 am

      Oh wow I went just a month after you! I agree, being on the site and seeing everything is so much more insightful and even then I only learned about a fraction of what really happen and about the culture of Pompeii!

  10. January 13, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Beautiful pictures! I have been to Italy a few times, but I’ve never went to the south of the country.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:09 am

      Thank you! It is definitively a gorgeous and charming region to visit 🙂

  11. pearl jolly/pretty mayhem
    January 13, 2015 / 11:04 am

    I’d love to visit Pompeii, it would be great to see a place so beautiful and charged with history. Your pics had me dreaming about my next Italian adventure!

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:10 am

      I really recommend you to explore and visit Naples! It is amazing 🙂

  12. January 13, 2015 / 11:36 am

    Pompeii has always been on my list to visit one day!! When I was in school, I was very obsessed with the place! Pompeii and Egypt are my two favorite places as far as history goes! 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:49 am

      I agree! I really want to go to Egypt as well. I loved Greece, if you like Ancient Greece and the Greek history (art, civilization, culture and so on) Athens and the islands are amazing!

  13. January 13, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    It looks amazing! I’m afraid to say I am very jealous; I have always longed to go. It is fascinating as well… 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      You should definitively put Pompeii on your next travel bucket list, you will love it! <3

  14. January 13, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I wanted to visit there after learning about it in Latin class! So cool that you got to go, and great pictures 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you! I highly recommend you to go visit, it is so beautiful and amazing 🙂

    • January 13, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      You definitively should! You will love it 🙂

  15. January 13, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    This looks gorgeous! I felt a little sick when you said you can see a dog on its back and people. That is hard to fathom.

    • January 13, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      I agree, it really was hard to face it but it felt so ‘real’ if I can say. You really get to understand and to immerse yourself into the history of Pompeii.

      • January 13, 2015 / 6:30 pm

        I understand! Can’t get anymore real than that! Thank you for sharing your trip Arielle 🙂

        • January 13, 2015 / 9:18 pm

          Thank you for all your comments (here and on my other posts), you are always so incredibly sweet! <3

          • January 14, 2015 / 8:36 am

            Aw thank you Arielle. It’s my pleasure!

    • January 13, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 You definitively should, it is amazing!

  16. January 13, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Yes you can! These are very well preserved and it is very interesting and shocking to see them!

  17. January 13, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    This is definitely one of my dream places to visit! I can’t even imagine seeing it in real life.

    • January 13, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      You really should go 🙂 It is even more beautiful in real life!

  18. January 13, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures and it sounds like a very interesting place!

    • January 13, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      It really is! A beautiful historic city 🙂

  19. January 13, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    It looks amazing… definitely somewhere I want to go when I finish school!

    • January 13, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      You really should go, it is beautiful!

  20. January 13, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    I have always been fascinated by Pompeii and was able to visit as well! I think I loved it as much as you! Amazing place to visit 🙂

    • January 14, 2015 / 5:45 am

      It really is 🙂 I would go back anytime, it is an incredibly city to visit if you love history!

  21. January 14, 2015 / 5:34 am

    Wow your blog is so awesome! I just started with mine, and I am really happy you like it 🙂 and I hope someday I can be nearly as good as you are!

    • January 14, 2015 / 5:45 am

      Thank you so much, you are so sweet! I am sure it will <3

  22. January 14, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Loving the blog 🙂 Pompeii is certainly on my travelling bucket list. Went to an exhibition at the Great British Museum on Pompeii and Herculaneum, absolutely fascinating!

  23. January 14, 2015 / 7:30 am

    Wow looks beautiful, specially know the history of it all.

    • January 14, 2015 / 7:34 am

      Yes it really is! Even more amazing to see everything in real life after hearing so many stories about Pompeii 🙂

  24. January 14, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Nice photos! I would love to go there myself someday.

    • January 14, 2015 / 11:38 am

      You really should, it is amazing 🙂

  25. January 15, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I’ve been there a couple of years ago and it’s really impressive! The history behind it is so interesting and it’s incredible how the city stayed so intact al these years because of the volcanic ashes. Like you said, the bodies shocked me the most as well. It’s definitely worth a visit.

    • January 15, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      I agree! I would go back anytime!

    • January 15, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      You should, it is beyond beautiful! 🙂

    • January 17, 2015 / 9:25 am

      You can put Pompeii on your travel bucket list as well! 🙂 You will absolutely love it!

  26. January 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Pompeii is amazing . . I was lucky enough to visit it many years ago . . Such a beautiful place but equally eerie knowing what happened there. X

    • January 17, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Yes, it is so beautiful! I think that knowing and seeing what happened there made the entire experience even more incredible and breathtaking. I would go back to visit Pompeii anytime.

  27. January 17, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Love your post! Im travelling there in June. My husband and i were trying to decide whether to see the ruins – you’ve got me sold!!!

    • January 17, 2015 / 10:05 pm

      You will absolutely love it! I highly recommend you to have a guide, you will learn so much more 🙂

  28. January 19, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Thank you! Italy is such a gorgeous country <3

  29. January 19, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Wow that’s such a coincidence! I spent a long weekend in Sorrento with my family last October and we visited Pompeii whilst we were there. It’s incredible! And I agree, it’s definitely worth getting a guide! Your pictures are gorgeous too! <3

    • January 19, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you! Did you enjoy your time in Sorrento? It is such a charming city and I got to taste Limoncello for the first time there haha

      • January 20, 2015 / 2:35 am

        It was so lovely thank you! Aha I’ve only ever had a sip of limoncello, but it does taste good, despite being strong!

    • January 20, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      I just went back on your blog and it is so gorgeous! Your pictures are amazing, I really hope that my blog will be like yours one day <3

  30. January 21, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    I went to Pompeii when I was around 10 years old, so I think I was a bit too young to really notice/register the phallic symbols and preserved bodies, so this was an interesting read for me! Thanks for sharing! <3 And I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! 🙂

  31. January 22, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 22, 2015 / 6:26 pm

      I’m happy you liked it! 🙂

  32. January 22, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I only saw an exhibition about Pompeii, but I also want to go there! You’re so lucky! And I love your post! 🙂

    • January 22, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you, that is so nice of you 🙂 You definitively should, it is really beautiful <3

      • January 22, 2015 / 10:15 pm

        You’re welcome! 🙂 I really hope I’ll visit it when I get an opportunity! <3

        • January 22, 2015 / 10:19 pm

          Please take some pictures for me if you get the chance to go! 🙂

  33. January 23, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Love this!! My family is from Naples though I have yet to visit. Looking forward to seeing Pompeii one day.

    • January 24, 2015 / 4:11 am

      Thank you! I am sure you will absolutely love it <3 you are so lucky to have family from Naples!

  34. January 24, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Lovely! Pompeii is one of the places on my bucket list. I have always wanted to go there. I saw a pretty neat documentary on Pompeii years ago and it made me want to go see it in person.

    • January 25, 2015 / 1:34 am

      You really should go! It is beyond beautiful and I am sure you will absolutely love it 🙂

  35. January 26, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    I love this post!! I had the pleasure of visiting Rome, Florence and Venice last year and absolutely loved my time in Italy. I would love to visit Pompeii when I get the chance to go back – your pictures make me miss being there!!

    • January 26, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Italy is such a gorgeous country! I fell in love with Venice – I think it is my favourite city I have ever visited yet. Pompeii is gorgeous, I am sure you will absolutely love it 🙂

  36. February 10, 2015 / 9:26 am

    Amazing!!I went here in August and it was just the coolest place I’ve ever been in my life. So historic

    • February 10, 2015 / 10:48 am

      I agree! Seeing all the houses and the ruins in real life was amazing and really breathtaking!

    • With All My Affection
      February 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      You will love it! You have to stop by Sorrento – I wrote a post about it as well, it is such a gorgeous city <3

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